Morality And Religion

Native Canadians in Literature
Native Canadians in Literature
Native Canadians in Literature Introduction: Literature offers a strong and passionate voice for the past. The literature of the Native Canadian is a voice we, the people of Canada, can no longer ignore. There is little to be gained by dwelling on the past. Nevertheless, there is much to be realized by accepting what has passed, with all of its mistakes and dust we might otherwise wish to hide under the carpets. English literature, since at least the sixteenth century, has a firm grounding in Ca
Religion in Jane Eyre
Religion in Jane Eyre
Religion in Jane Eyre Religion in Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte addresses the theme of Religion in the novel Jane Eyre using many characters as symbols. Bronte states, Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion(preface v). In Jane Eyre, Bronte supports the theme that customary actions are not always moral through the conventional personalities of Mrs. Reed, Mr. Brocklehurst, and St. John Rivers. The novel begins in Gateshead Hall when Jane must stay away from her aunt and
Sex, Violence and Lust in Milton's Paradise Lost
Sex, Violence and Lust in Milton's Paradise Lost
Sex, Violence and Lust in Milton\'s Paradise Lost There is no reason to apply modern theories to Milton if we do not care whether Milton remains alive. However, if we wish him to be more than a historical artifact, we must do more than just study him against the background of his time. We must reinterpret him in light of the germane thought of our own age. -James Driscoll The Unfolding God Of Jung and Milton Images and allusions to sex and death are intermingled throughout John Miltonís Paradise
Some Dreamers of Golden Dreams
Some Dreamers of Golden Dreams
Some Dreamers of Golden Dreams † ††††††† In Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream, the author Didion uses fiery imagery to parallel the San Bernardino Valley to hell.† It is a place where the hills blaze up spontaneously, and every voice seems a scream. (p.3)† Didions hellish descriptions of the geography reflect the culture of San Bernardino Valley.† It is where the hot wind blows and the old ways do not seem relevant, where the divorce rate is double the national average. (p.4)† In this cu
Summary of A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Summary of A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Summary of A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Book Report: Aldous Huxley\'s: A Brave New World Huxley\'s point of view in Brave New World is third person, omniscient (all-knowing). The narrator is not one of the characters and therefore has the ability to tell us what is going on within any of the characters\' minds. This ability is particularly useful in showing us a cross section of this strange society of the future. We can be with the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning in the Central Lo
The development of Rousseau and Raskolnikov in the
The development of Rousseau and Raskolnikov in the
The development of Rousseau and Raskolnikov in the novels \'Th In every society, it is important for individuals to adhere to a set of principles in order to maintain order. In Dostoyevskyís Crime and Punishment and Camusí The Outsider , however, both protagonists ignored the values of their society. Raskolnikov and Meursault felt their own beliefs were significant, and through their actions they were able to express them. As a result, one man was judged as a social deviant, while the other man
The Effects and Implications of Sin in the Scarlet
The Effects and Implications of Sin in the Scarlet
The Effects and Implications of Sin in the Scarlet Letter Winnie Yang Oct. 29, 1996 Hon. English III Hour I The Effects and Implications of Sin in The Scarlet Letter Sin is the transgression of a moral code designated by either society or the transgressor. The Puritans of Boston in the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, establish a rigid moral code by which to purge their society of deviants. As this society is inherently theocratic, the beliefs and restrictions established by re
The Right to Bear Arms
The Right to Bear Arms
The Right to Bear Arms Article: Bible offers remedy for nationís reaping what it has sowed, Rev. Jim Williams. Orlando Sentinel Tribune, Section: Osceola Sentinel, page 5; August 24, 1996 Researching the issue of the right to bear arms was somewhat difficult at first because I really did not know what to focus on. I did find this article, though, and it really interested me because of the different perspective it took on the issue. The article starts off with a quote from the Bible, so the rea
The Case For Christianity, The World's Last Night
The Case For Christianity, The World's Last Night
The Case For Christianity, The World\'s Last Night I. Introduction II. Brief Biographical Information III. The Case for Christianity - Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe IV. The Problem with Pain - Divine Omnipotence V. The World\'s Last Night - The Efficacy of Prayer VI. Conclusion A Critique of C. S. Lewis A Relativist said, \'The world does not exist, England does not exist, Oxford does not exist and I am confident that I do not Exist!\' When Lewis was asked to reply, he
The Catcher And The Rye
The Catcher And The Rye
The Catcher And The Rye Love, Affection, and Adulthood In J.D. Salingerís controversial 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character is Holden Caulfield. When the story begins Holden at age sixteen, due to his poor grades is kicked out of Pencey Prep, a boysí school in Pennsylvania. This being the third school he has been expelled from, he is in no hurry to face his parents. Holden travels to New York for several days to cope with his disappointments. As James Lundquist explains, ďHolde
There is a cure
There is a cure
There is a cure There is an epidemic in our country, and it is growing stronger daily. Someone is not being allowed to live her/ his life to the fullest degree because of this disease. Its traits can be found in every city, town, and state across the country. No, this epidemic is not AIDS or cancer: however, if left alone, its long term effects can be just as detrimental. The name of the epidemic is censorship, and last year, the number of censorship cases in the school systems across America re
Trials And Tribulations Of Charles Dickens ( His L
Trials And Tribulations Of Charles Dickens ( His L
Trials And Tribulations Of Charles Dickens ( His Life Works) It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period
Was Sir Tomas More Correct
Was Sir Tomas More Correct
Was Sir Tomas More Correct Was Sir Tomas More\'s decision correct? There are often many different ways to look at situations. Usually when situations are viewed from different points of view, differing opinions can be found. In A Man for All Seasons there are clearly a lot of opinions about More\'s silence to the oath required by the act of succession. In the play the church is represented by the Spanish ambassador. He interprets More\'s silence as a gesture of allegiance to the Catholic church
Night
Night
Night Night Religion has always explained the unknown in knowable terms. It has created symbols for that which could not be known. This symbolism is so deeply imbedded in our minds, cultures, and cosmology that it is rarely questioned from inside the religious paradigms. From outside that paradigm, the religious imagery loses its impact, its subliminal meaning. Religion functions to relieve the anxiety of the absolute fact for each of us that we will die, that our family will die, that our frien
Candide
Candide
Candide Candide, by Voltaire Voltaire\'s Candide is a novel which contains conceptual ideas and at the same time is also exaggerated. Voltaire offers sad themes disguised by jokes and witticism, and the story itself presents a distinctive outlook on life. The crucial contrast in the story deals with irrational ideas as taught to Candide about being optimistic, versus reality as viewed by the rest of the world. The main theme which is presented throughout the novel is optimism. Out of every unfor
The Crucible VS The Scarlet Letter
The Crucible VS The Scarlet Letter
The Crucible VS The Scarlet Letter Two hundred years ago, the church was the center of life in many New England towns. The church provided not only religions guidance but, was a place for social gathering and a chance for neighbors to keep in touch. This is shown in depth in Boston, by Nathaniel Hawthorneís, The Scarlet Letter and in Salem, by Arthur Millerís, The Crucible. Both towns are perfect models of the churchesí affect on their communities. Both towns were settled by immigrants from Engl
Is Birth Control The Solution To Teen Sex?
Is Birth Control The Solution To Teen Sex?
Is Birth Control The Solution To Teen Sex? Since the 1970\'s, sexually transmitted diseases(STDs), unintended pregnancies, and other problems from sexual activity have increased among adolescents in the United States. Approximately 1 million adolescent girls become pregnant each year and 86% of all STDs occur among persons aged 15-29 years.1 Premarital and teenage sex are far from being a new idea. What is new is the way we deal with it. One of the most common solutions is to distribute mass qua
Marriage Asylum
Marriage Asylum
Marriage Asylum It is my belief that the institution of marriage is a sham, designed by pious Christain fanatics in order to subjugate, control, and furthermore oppress a woman\'s personal liberties, intellectual freedoms and artistic development. It is also my belief that much in the way of the institution of marriage has not changed since its barbaric origin hundreds of years ago. In light of the enormous rate of divorce, marriage should be banned or at least have greater restrictions placed o
One Nation Under God
One Nation Under God
One Nation Under God Would God categorize his children? That is a question that I believe most would give a simple and direct answer: No. Would the United States categorize their citizens? Although the Amendment suggests that all men and women are equal, the fact is, the people of the United States are continuously being classified. So, if indeed the United States is one nation under God, why do we continue to sort ourselves through unreasonable and unethical factors? The misinterpretation of ra
POPULATION REDISTRIBUTION
POPULATION REDISTRIBUTION
POPULATION REDISTRIBUTION Population redistributions based on ethnicity have defused intense rivalries in the recent past, and could be a solution to the internal ethnic crises for nations such as the former Yugoslavia. Currently described by the media as ethnic cleansing , Population redistributions have been the focus of much controversy throughout U.S. and world history. To those affected, Population redistributions can be economically and emotionally devastating. It can also lead to enormous
What Went Wrong: An Examination of Separation of C
What Went Wrong: An Examination of Separation of C
What Went Wrong: An Examination of Separation of Church and State By the middle of the 20th Century, the United States had emerged as a world power. It accomplished this through its leadership in defeating Germany and Japan in World War II. These two countries\' main objective was to enslave the world and destroy political, religious, and economic freedom. In Germany or Japan, anyone who disagreed with these goals, or was different was destroyed. This was a common practice in these two fascist c
Religion
Religion
Religion Religion is a simple word that divides humanity in several groups. It is the claim of many influential Christian and Jewish theologians that the only genuine basis for morality is in religion(Nielsen 13). The morals and beliefs of children are greatly influenced by their home life. It is sad how children grow up, not able to research into their beliefs, but conform to the beliefs that have run in their families for generations. Not many children break away from the traditional religio
Great Religions and Philosophies. : Greek Philosop
Great Religions and Philosophies. : Greek Philosop
Great Religions and Philosophies. : Greek Philosophy. In the 6th century B.C, there began a dualism in Greek Philosophy. The development of Greek Philosophy became a compromise between Greek monistic and oriental influences, in other words, a combination of intellectualism and mysticism. Thus began the pre-Socratic philosophy. The interests of pre- Socratic philosophers were centered on the world that surrounds man, the Cosmos. This was during the time of great internal and external disturbances
Jesus & Buddha
Jesus & Buddha
Jesus & Buddha Brett Schopen Western Traditions 201 10/29/94 Disciple?: I have heard that you are two of the wisest men in the land and so I have come to you in hopes of advise. I am scared for my future and for the future of my newborn daughter. Can you tell me what is in store for us or give me an assurance me that we will be all right? Jesus: Do not worry about your life. Do not worry about food, drink, the body. Life is more than these things. Believe in your heavenly Father. He knows what y
Prevent Coercive Prayer in Public Schools
Prevent Coercive Prayer in Public Schools
Prevent Coercive Prayer in Public Schools The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This amendment, commonly called the Establishment Clause, forms the foundation of the right of every American to practice their chosen religion freely and without the interference of the government. In 1947, the Supreme Court issued a statement emphasizing the separa
Different Religions
Different Religions
Different Religions Since the dawn of man, people have had their own forms of religion. Be it simple ceremonial burial or complex blessing rituals, each person had their own way to explain the wonders of nature like, how did we come here and what our purpose here was. Another thing that each individual person had was their own morals. Morals are what define a civilization. Labels like peaceful or barbaric are put on different civilizations because of their morals. The morality of each civilizati
The Spaniard Quietist Miguel de Molinos
The Spaniard Quietist Miguel de Molinos
The Spaniard Quietist Miguel de Molinos I. Factors. The Church, since its origins has suffered from the attack of heretics and their heresies which have caused many controversies and schisms within it. However, many of the conflicts are the result of other than heresies. There are cases where conflicts arose because of ambition of power, lack of moral, and intrigues, other because of lack of wisdom and a poor theological understanding. One of the instances in which a mixture of the elements ment
The Right To Life
The Right To Life
The Right To Life Life is a right held by all creatures on the universe, everything has life; however, everything also has it\'s own character or individuality. Every person is his or her own self and does what he or she wishes to do to a certain extent. Many people are opposed to an individuals decision on life they should realize that in America people have the freedom to do what they want. In Roman times, abortion ans the destruction of unwanted children was permissible, however civilization\
An Artist's Life
An Artist's Life
An Artist\'s Life Much of the art of the Renaissance was extremely religious in its nature. The paintings from this time are almost entirely scenes from the Bible including: the enunciation of the Virgin Mary, depictions of the infant Jesus Christ, the crucifixion of Christ, and numerous other examples of Christian iconography. One would imagine that virtuous, upstanding artists would have created such angelic works of art. The stunning displays of morality, as seen in the works of many Renaissa
Judaism
Judaism
Judaism The religions of Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism all have there own beliefs. These beliefs play a big role in a personís everyday life, and influence aspects of their culture such as holidays, diet, social structure, art, and music. In Judaism, they believe that the Sabbath day should be kept holy, and that you should follow the Ten Commandments, the laws of G-d. Their diets consist of kosher food, and have there own New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Hindus believe in Brahman and Karma, which are
Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa Matt Miller 3-15-00 Mr. Thorp Morality Per. A Mother Teresa Mother Teresa was a powerful woman with her missions and countless acts of mercy. Powerful leaders in our world today should learn from Mother Teresa and her countless acts of mercy, which she performed. Often men and women in powerful positions misuse their strengths simply for their own personal benefit. Mother Teresa is a perfect example of a modern day saint. Through her love and guidance of Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa
Religion, The State And Sovereignty
Religion, The State And Sovereignty
Religion, The State And Sovereignty The influence of religion on humankind can be traced back to the first records of history. Religion has served as a pillar of strength to some and binding chains to others. There are vast amounts of information and anthropological studies revealing the interaction of religion and humankind. However, for the purposes of this paper, the time periods of study will be broken up into three sections. Each section will give a general description of how religion affec
Religious Beliefs
Religious Beliefs
Religious Beliefs Today\'s religious beliefs, governmental structures, laws and traditions of social behavior find their roots in the development of three main belief systems - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Although other religious movements have developed throughout the years, these three belief systems have had the most impact on civilizations of the West. To better understand this impact, it is important to trace the development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and review the relations
The Role Of Spirituality And Religion In Night
The Role Of Spirituality And Religion In Night
The Role Of Spirituality And Religion In Night Religion has always explained the unknown in knowable terms. It has created symbols for that which could not be known. This symbology is so deeply imbedded in our minds, cultures, and cosmology that it is rarely questioned from inside the religious paradigms. From outside that paradigm, the religious imagery loses its impact, its subliminal meaning. Religion functions to relieve the anxiety of the absolute fact for each of us that we will die, that
THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC
THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC
THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC On May 16, 1920, Pope Benedict XV conducted a ceremony at St. Peterís Basilica in Rome to canonize Joan of Arc, often referred to as the Maid of Orleans. This ceremony was the final step in a process that was begun in 1849 by the Bishop of Orleans, Felix Dupanloup, over 400 years after St. Joanís was tried, convicted and executed in the name of the Church. A study of her heroic deeds and an intensive review of her life, virtues and the trial transcripts that co
The Third Miracle
The Third Miracle
the Third Miracle There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein Director Agnieszka Holland has produced a thoughtful and thought-provoking film in The Third Miracle. It centers on the complicated character, Father Frank Moore. This troubled priest recently found by Bishop Cahillís secretary hiding in a downtown soup kitchen is also the diocesan postulator for any alleged supernatural activity in t
Amen: Does Prayer Play An Important Role In Our Li
Amen: Does Prayer Play An Important Role In Our Li
Amen: Does Prayer Play An Important Role In Our Lives Today? Does prayer play an important role in our lives today? The minority would say no and that prayer shouldn\'t ever have played an important role in our society. But, the simple fact of the matter is that for hundreds of years, prayer in school has been encouraged by both society and government. In recent years, it has been established that prayer in schools has led to a steady moral decline. Morals must be taught, in school and at home,
Discussion of the Feasibility of Miracles and the
Discussion of the Feasibility of Miracles and the
Discussion of the Feasibility of Miracles and the Grounds for Christianity Existing Without Miracles Kurt Erler Philosophical Classics 11/11/96 In the following Discussion, I will point out the facts and ideas that disagree with Hume\'s ideas. The ideas are the ones on miracles in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding involving Section ten Of Miracles. The idea of this is using the circle philosophical argument. If one agrees that Christians believe in the Bible, and that miracles have peopl
Existentialist Themes of Anxiety and Absurdity
Existentialist Themes of Anxiety and Absurdity
Existentialist Themes of Anxiety and Absurdity In a world with such a vast amount of people their exists virtually every different belief, thought, and ideology. This means that for every argument and every disagreement that their exists two sides of relative equal strength. It is through these disagreements that arguments are formed. Arguments are the building blocks in which philosophers use to analyze situations and determine theories of life. For the purpose of this paper I will try and argu
Thesis: Is There a God or is He(?) an Illusion?
Thesis: Is There a God or is He(?) an Illusion?
Thesis: Is There a God or is He(?) an Illusion? An illusion is one\'s own interpretation and perception of someone or something. It can be a strong belief or a wish. They are not necessarily false or errors. The strength of the illusion lies in the strength of wish fulfillment. For example - People, at first, interpret phenomena\'s according to their experience and knowledge of their every day life. They project their own character into the circumstance presented and regard it as somehow ensoul
James Rachels' Death and Dying
James Rachels' Death and Dying
James Rachels\' Death and Dying James Rachels is one of the most controversial philosophers talked about in today\'s society. One of his most talked about topics is whether a person has a right to die or not. Not much is known about Rachels expect for the many articles and books he has written. In the controversy of letting a person die or killing him, he does not try to explain which method is good and which method is bad. He however tries to explain why they both are bad to a certain degree. R
Kanflict: How Humans Have Risen Above The Divine
Kanflict: How Humans Have Risen Above The Divine
Kanflict: How Humans Have Risen Above The Divine November 23, \'96 Philosophy: Lily Nov.22 Until Emmanuel Kant, God, primarily the western Religion of Christianity\'s concept of God, was of an elevated stature over humans when concerning the issue of morality. This however was to be questioned due to this philosophers works on this subject. All philosophers preceding him also tried to solve and define this mystical thing called moral good. For Kant this journey had a side benefit. He discovered
Relativism: The Tangible Theory
Relativism: The Tangible Theory
Relativism: The Tangible Theory Since the beginning of rational thought, philosophers have searched for the true meaning of morality. Many theorists have attempted to answer this question with reasoning, in an attempt to find a universal set of rules, or a way to distinguish right from wrong. Some theorists believe that this question is best answered by a single moral standard, while others debate if there can be a single solution. Cultural Relativism explores the idea that there can be no one m
The Stoics and Socrates
The Stoics and Socrates
The Stoics and Socrates The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life. The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies are animated. The term mind usually denotes this principle as the subject of our conscious states, while soul denotes the source of our vegetative activities as well. If the
Two Brands of Nihilism
Two Brands of Nihilism
Two Brands of Nihilism As philosopher and poet Nietzsche\'s work is not easily conformable to the traditional schools of thought within philosophy. However, an unmistakable concern with the role of religion and values penetrates much of his work. Contrary to the tradition before him, Nietzsche launches vicious diatribes against Christianity and the dualistic philosophies he finds essentially life denying. Despite his early tutelage under the influence of Schopenhauer\'s philosophy, Nietzsche lat
Virtues of My Life: Order, Courage, Patience
Virtues of My Life: Order, Courage, Patience
Virtues of My Life: Order, Courage, Patience In order to survive in 1996, there need to be at least some standards and goals of morality in a person\'s life. Moral excellence is definitely hard to achieve, but is definitely something to attempt. Personally, there are many distractions and obstructions the present day provides, creating a difficulty of direction in my own life. I need to overcome obstacles such as peer pressure in order to become a confident, successful person. The present day pr
Why Should I Be Moral?
Why Should I Be Moral?
Why Should I Be Moral? The question of morality proves to be a complex interrogatory. Should I be moral? If I should be, then why? Why is morality important to society? An assumption can be made that morals derive from a purely religious perspective or the Golden Rule approach. We are told that it is right to be moral. This is an ineffective answer, since it does not apply to someone outside the moral circle (Olsen, 79). This in mind, there is really no way to prove this too a person who wants t
Balance Of Power
Balance Of Power
Balance Of Power The Balance of Power Throughout the semester, a theme that has guided our thoughts has been the idea that the self is the capacity to have capacities. Through what we have read, written about, and discussed, we have been trying to come up with our own answers to the questions about the self; what a capacity is, how we find them, which ones are essential to human flourishing, what we do with them once they are found? Yet all of these questions lead us to answer that final and def
Marx And Nietzsche
Marx And Nietzsche
Marx And Nietzsche Society is flawed. There are critical imbalances in it that cause much of humanity to suffer. In, the most interesting work from this past half-semester, The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx is reacting to this fact by describing his vision of a perfectly balanced society, a communist society. Simply put, a communist society is one where all property is held in common. No one person has more than the other, but rather everyone shares in the fruits of their labors. Marx is writin
Gods
Gods
gods The ancient Greek and ancient Roman religion was the belief in gods. They had similar beliefs, but also vast differences. They came from each other and gave their people a form of morality. It was composed of many meaningful gods and goddesses that all played a part in the everyday life of the average Roman and Greek person of that time. They believed in something called polytheism. It is the belief of many gods; each given a personality, function, relationship to each other through family,